Gas leaks at the distribution level (that is, under your street) are related to overlapping issues. Activists recognize methane as a greenhouse gas leaking from long-lived infrastructure, but real people live with immediate impacts. By matching leak location data to a community’s population characteristics, a recent paper provides new facts. The observations are not surprising- environmental justice communities live with larger leaks that wait longer for repair. We speak to the authors of the paper to learn more.
The reading list:
- WBUR discusses the article on leaks and EJ communities
- PDF of the article itself.
- HEET discussion of the article.
- The Climate Minute on GSEP, MA's program for fixing gas leaks
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.
Thanks for listening.